Our Designer Sew-Along – Did You Catch WEEK #3?

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On Friday, Sarah Maxwell from Homestead Hearth unveiled the third fabulous block from Friends & Companions, our Designer Sew-Along!  Do you love it?  Get the complete instructions and learn more about Sarah and her business.

Want to join the fun?  It’s not too late!  Here’s the post with complete details, and links to the previous block posts so you can sew-along with us!

What Do We Love About Australian Quilt Design?

KarenStylesThe August edition of MarcusFabrics.com includes the debut collection by Australian designer Karen Styles of Somerset Patchwork.  Karen’s VICTORIA PARK is our second recent Australian release (following the Quilted Crow Girls’ coordinating POMEGRANATE LANE and THE SEASONS WOOL COLLECTION), and the latest in a series of Australia-based influences making waves in the quilting industry.  So we asked them to help us break down some specific elements of Australian Crow-Facesquilting style — and the conversation is featured online.  While you’re visiting, be sure to preview all of the great new collections coming soon to your favorite quilt shops!

The Marcus SewAlong – WEEK #2!

We’re sewing right along, in the midst of Week #2 –

In case you missed it…Check out the second block of our Sew-Along, by Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts.   You’ll learn a bit about Paula as you follow her step-by-step instructions. The pop of cheddar really brings this block to life! It’s just as nice as the first block by Pam Buda, isn’t it?  If you’re the type of quilters who like a preview before joining a sew-along, we think this these first two blocks are enough to entice you to get caught up and sew-along with us now!

Another great reason to join in:  you could win one of three giveaways on each designer’s blog, simply by leaving a comment when the new blocks posts each Friday!

Fall ’14 Cover Quilt: Medallion Muse

MedallionMuse-HHQuiltIf you’re looking for a vibrant, trans-seasonal quilt project, check out Faye Burgos’ MEDALLION MUSE collection, shown here in the “Lapis & Marigolds” quilt by Homestead Hearth. It’s featured in the latest issue of McCall’s Quilt Quilts (that’s the October/November issue), and it even made the cover!  The fabric is available in this cool blue palette shown above, and in an equally vibrant orchid/gold combination.

   

And We’re Off! The Sew-Along Begins…

Well, it looks like we’re off to a very enthusiastic start with our new “Friends & Companions” Designer Sew-Along, judging from our first installment by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts.  Her block is gorgeous, isn’t it?  Check out her opening blog post and join in the excitement!  You can even win prizes from your favorite Marcus designers, or a Grand Prize at the end of the sew-along.  For the next nine weeks, we’ll post one block with instructions on each designer’s blog, resulting in the Big Reveal on October 3…stay tuned!

Review of “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”

Met2Brandy, our office & merchandising assistant and Christine, our summer intern (shown here) recently visited the Charles James exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Check out their review of the exhibit:

“It’s not too late to catch the Charles James exhibit (http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/charles-james-beyond-fashion) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (http://www.metmuseum.org/). The show closes on August 10, 2014.Mey6

Charles James created sculptural gowns and daytime pieces. The exhibit is broken into 2 sections – the special exhibition galleries (walk through the Greek and Roman galleries) on the Museum’s first floor and The Costume Institute’s Anna Wintour Costume Center (walk through the Egyptian galleries).
Met4Met7Visit the special exhibition galleries first because this is where the couture pieces are. There are videos that break down the construction of the gowns from 3 dimensional to flat patterns. James created this cream & gold dress following a huge Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit here in the US.  Can you see the O’Keeffe influence?
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The Costume Institute has less formal gowns and daytime pieces. You will also see more of Charles James’ process here. The satin jacket above  is Brandy’s favorite – maybe because of its quilted effect? It was made in response to the all the fur jackets being sported at the time.
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Fun Fact. Gypsy Rose Lee (inset) wore Charles James. The red dress shown is believed to be one she wore in a magazine editorial.

Looking Ahead to Autumn Projects Already?

If so, you’ll want to consider this scrappy design by Homestead Hearth.  It’s featured in the September/October issue of McCalls’ Quilting magazine.  The beginner-friendly design is made up in a lively mix of prints from PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS and Pam Buda’s PRAIRIE STITCHES.  

Finished size is approx. 84 x 90″

Lucky Quilters Visit Judie Rothermel at Her Shop!

JudieInShop-CantonWe were thrilled to see the recent pictures posted on the Patchwork Breeze blog.  A group of quilters reported their stop at Schoolhouse Quilts in Canton, OH as “Day 4″ of a special 6-day quilter’s excursion, by coach from Michigan to West Virginia.  The post provides some great pictures & commentary about Judie and her beautiful quilt shop, including the beautiful quilts on display.

See ALL of the pix from their visit…enjoy!

Love FABRIC? Join the Celebration in August…

ILoveFabricDay14SQWho doesn’t love fabric?  From Reproduction prints to contemporary designs to a stashful of basics, we know just how special they are to us.  And our friends at the Fabric Shop Network have done it again, creating a special event around our collective love for all things FABRIC!  This time, they’ve created a three-day celebration called “I LOVE FABRIC DAYS.”  From August 14 to 16, 2014,  fabric lovers across the country can enter to win $50 shopping sprees at the favorite local quilt shops (check here for yours!)  If your favorite shop isn’t involved yet, let them know that there’s still time for them to join in the fun with a special Treasure Hunt and other activities.

Have You Ordered Your Marcus Sew-Along Fabrics Yet?

As the long holiday weekend approaches here in the US, we think it’s the perfect time to prepare for “Friends & Companions, our upcoming sew-along featuring some of your favorite Marcus designers!

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First, you’ll want to order the required PAULA BARNES COMPANIONS kit from one of the designer websites, or your local quilt shop, and you’ll be ready to start with us on August 1. The project features blocks designed by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts *, Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts *, Gloria Parsons of Olde Green Cupboard Designs, Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs, Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth *, plus Pati Violick and me, representing Marcus!

MB Friends & Companions Kit Fabrics 2Next, we suggest you subscribe to all of the designer’s blogs (and this one!) so you’ll be notified of the next blog post each week during the 10-week series.  It’s that simple…and you can win one of the weekly prizes, or even our Grand Prize gift basket, which will be awarded after the Big Reveal, so get ready to Sew Along with us!!